Belladonna

I have a deadly nightshade So twisted does it grow With berries black as midnight And a skull as white as snow The vicar’s cocky young son Came to drink my tea He touched me without asking Now he’s buried ‘neath a tree. Trad. “Girls’ Skipping Rhyme” from Chokely in Wynterset History of Belladonna Belladonna,Continue reading “Belladonna”

Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Empress

The card on the left is from the most well-known and often used decks in the world of tarot called the Rider-Waite. I’ll be using the images and traditional meanings from this deck to discuss tarot in the Learn Tarot with Harry Potter series. The artwork of Molly Weasley belongs to Anna Daviscourt. Traditional Meaning of The EmpressContinue reading “Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Empress”

Mugwort

If they wad drink nettles in March, And eat muggins [Mugwort] in May, Sae mony braw young maidens Wad na’ be gang to clay.” Popular Rhymes of Scotland, Robert Chambers History of Mugwort An herb of the night, mugwort has a long mysterious and magickal history. An unassuming, weed-like plant, this herb has been usedContinue reading “Mugwort”

Yarrow

 A kindlier background for the whole,  Between the gloom and splendour.  Let others captivate the mass  With power and brilliant seeming:  The lily and the rose I pass,  The yarrow holds me dreaming. Sorrow by Archibal lampman, canadian poet History of Yarrow Perhaps one of the oldest herbs on the planet, yarrow is a plantContinue reading “Yarrow”

Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The High Priestess

Traditional Meaning of The High Priestess In the Rider-Waite version of the High Priestess, we see a card that is steeped in mystery and symbolism. The High Priestess is seated on a stone bench between two pillars. Behind her is a tapestry covered in pomegranates and dates, and the pillars to her sides are blackContinue reading “Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The High Priestess”

Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Magician

The card on the left is from the most well-known and often used decks in the world of tarot called the Rider-Waite. I’ll be using the images and traditional meanings from this deck to discuss tarot in the Learn Tarot with Harry Potter series. The artwork on the right belongs to Jessica Roux Illustration. Traditional Meaning of TheContinue reading “Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Magician”

Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Fool

Traditional Meaning of The Fool If we take a moment to study the picture of the tarot card above we see the image of a young man about to walk off the edge of a cliff. Far from being panicked about this, his facial expression and body language indicate that he doesn’t have a worryContinue reading “Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: The Fool”

Cloves

 She came up to me one evening, when I was very low, to ask (she being then afflicted with the disorder I have mentioned) if I could oblige her with a little tincture of cardamums mixed with rhubarb, and flavoured with seven drops of the essence of cloves, which was the best remedy for herContinue reading “Cloves”

Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: Major Arcana Overview

If you haven’t yet, you may want to read my first post in this series before reading this one. It explains the Fool’s Journey and talks about why Harry Potter is a great tool for learning tarot. The Major Arcana A good place to start learning tarot is with the first 22 cards known asContinue reading “Learn Tarot with Harry Potter: Major Arcana Overview”

Learn Tarot With Harry Potter

I know, I know, bad timing. The thing is, I’ve had this idea for a very long time and I really want to go through with it. So even though J.K. Rowling has put a damper on the whole franchise, I am going to be doing a series of posts and podcast episodes that walkContinue reading “Learn Tarot With Harry Potter”